Romani camp on alert in Pisa: Community mobilizing against evacuation
The situation for 120 Romani people living in Bigattiera camp in Pisa, Italy, is starting to become really complicated. On October 30th, a group of representatives of the community, along with the associations ″Africa Insieme″ and ″Comitato per i diritti dei bambini della Bigattiera″, demonstrated in front of the local municipality against an evacuation of the camp announced by social workers.
Selatin Kamil, who was chosen to act as a spokesperson during a press conference on the issue, explained that they social workers' offers with respect to the evacuation were absolutely inadequate, as they did not respect basic rights. ″They came and made us three different offers. The first was to send us back to Macedonia with a payment of EUR 200 per person. That's incredible, we have been living here for 20 – 25 years, our children were born and registered here and they speak only Italian. We lost our previous citizenship too, we would be considered illegal migrants if we were to return to Macedonia, we absolutely cannot accept this. The second offer was for us to stay in Italy but leave the Tuscan region - but we don't know where they want us to move. We could even do that by ourselves, but we decided to stay, because our lives, our friends, and our jobs are here. Our children go to school here and they must be considered as Pisani, like us.″
The third option offered was the most bitter. ″They told us to rent some apartments here and said the municipality could help us with that. They don′t understand that if we wanted to rent apartments, we would have already done that. Nobody trusts us, nobody rents houses to Roma people, they have a lot of preconceptions about us, most of the people are afraid of us," the Romani spokesperson said.
Since 2011, children living at Bigattiera don't have their own school bus anymore, and there hasn't been any official communication about it since August 2013. Sergio Bontempelli of the "Africa Insieme" organization explains his association's point of view: ″We're asking the authorities in charge to cancel this evacuation and to resolve the situation without engaging in any kind of extortion. This camp has been officially inserted in the Cittá sottili programme, it is an authorized encampment. The National Government Strategy, which is based on EU directives, forbids an evacuation action like this. They must immediately stop the evacuation procedure and start discussing how we can find the best solution in order to resolve this situation.″
- Czech elections: 13 Romani local assembly members, no Romani senators
- Martina Horváthová: Freely casting your ballot is your right - and nobody else's business!
- Slovak PM on Romani settlements: Incentivize employment, no tolerance for disorder
- Czech Constitutional Court rejects complaint from neo-Nazi convicted of 2012 arson
- Tomáš Ščuka: Romani people need competent representation first and foremost, not Romani representation at all costs
- Italian Police evict almost 400 Romani people from homes they have lived in since 2005, European Commission says it cannot take legal action
- Romania: 900 protest recent violence against Roma in Italy and Ukraine, more demonstrations in other European countries to follow
- OSCE Mission to Serbia responds to Romani NGOs about alleged radicalization, references British Council report
- Italy: Romani infant hospitalized after being shot with pellet gun
- Romani NGOs around Europe ask why the OSCE is researching alleged radicalization of their communities in Serbia
- Edita Stejskalová: OSCE should send observer missions to Ukraine regarding pogroms against Roma and monitor the police investigation
- Italy's Lombardy Region first to conduct census of Roma and Sinti, plans to raze illegal camps, Romani organizations protesting
Tags:Roma, world, Itálie
Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Romea.cz. Moderátoři serveru Romea.cz si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Romea.cz. Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na Romea.cz ostatním uživatelům.